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West Virginia

FASD State Coordinator (NAFSC Member)

Kathy L. Paxton
Director
Division on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
West Virginia Bureau for Health and Health Facilities
350 Capitol Street, Suite 350
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-356-4796
E-mail: katharine.l.paxton@wv.gov

FASD State Resources

West Virginia Women's Service Network
Cindy Black
West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities
350 Capitol Street, Suite 35
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-356-4829

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Legislative Information:

Bill Number Category Introduced Description Status

HB4048 Exit Disclaimer Graphic

Criminalization

2012

Re-defines the definition of neglect and abuse: A mother who, during her pregnancy, uses drugs or alcohol and, as a result, gives birth to an infant who is dependent upon a controlled substance not the result of medical treatment administered to the mother or infant or who is diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome or both.

Referred to House Judiciary Committee 01/13/2012

HB3037

Criminalization

2011

A bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, creating crime and criminal penalties for drug and alcohol abuse during pregnancy resulting in diagnosed harm to infant.

Introduced; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary then Finance 02/07/2011

HB2399 Exit Disclaimer Graphic

Prevention

2011

The purpose of this bill is to create a commission that will develop a pilot program to help at-risk youth in a selected county in West Virginia by introducing prevention strategies for children through early intervention and diversion strategies.

THE GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION ON IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR AT-RISK YOUTH.

§9-10-1. Legislative findings and definitions.

(a) The Legislature finds and declares:

(1) That fourteen percent of pregnant women do receive adequate prenatal care;

(2) That nearly twenty percent of pregnant women abuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs;

Introduced 01/12/2011